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Cherry Coke-Glazed Country Ham

For best results, get a good quality ham like Benton's.

Note: Before roasting your ham, you'll need to clean it and soak it. Rub it with a scrubby sponge under cool running water to remove any surface mold or salty deposits, then transfer it to a cooler and fill the cooler with cold water. Let the ham rest at room temperature in the water for at least 1 day, changing the water every 6 to 8 hours. If your ham is especially well-aged, let it soak for up to two days. Country hams must be sliced very thin!

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